The lovely Jane Jourdan of the company Fit For Broadway, which I am proud to support and be a part of its book club, recently asked a question: what’s creating you? She asked us to name 5 tangible, intangible, ideas, people, places, ideas, rituals, practices that are molding your mind, body, and spirit in this space and time
Here’s my answer for right now!
- Encouraging Social Media and Blogs. I have been absolutely obsessed with a few of my favorite people’s social media. Even when I struggle, it’s amazing to have places to go to hear from people who are doing great things. Twitter brought me to my beautiful mentor @christyAltomare , who is incredible and always takes the time to interact with the world that loves her. Eva Noblezada and Patti Murin have also been incredible sources of light through their reaching out to fans, sharing their experiences which have helped me realize we are not alone, and Patti Murin’s encouraging today calendar each day. These my women connect me to a higher source of energy and inspire me to be better.
- Friendship. According to Wicked, “we are led to those who help us most to grow.” Those who help ME most to grow are my best friends. They support me endlessly. When I am down or in insane anxiety, these women are always there to help me out of it. And it is completely my privilege to be there for them. We are all hard-working young women who in a world that can seem to be against, are there to protect one another and form a group. Whether we are taken or single, students or settled, we always know we have someone to share our hearts with and I am so grateful to call so many people more sisters than friends.
- Disney. Yes, I’m almost 24. And since I was a little girl, Disney has brought magic to my life. I have learned so many incredible life lessons from my favorite Disney princesses. I’ve seen myself represented in Anna, Rapunzel, Cinderella, and many others. This has encouraged me to always believe in magic, believe that dreams can come true
- BROADWAY! As someone who lives near New York, I’ve tried incredibly hard to not let myself take access to the Great White Way for granted. I’ve gotten to see so much incredible theatre this year and I’ve been so impressed by the power of art. Good art SHOULD change us. I truly don’t know if I would be here without theatre. It has existed since the dawn of time because it teaches us that everything we go through, those who came before us have also struggled with. Art entertains, and also exemplifies life and allows us to empathize. I recently saw the genius revival of Once On this Island, and that and other shows have showed me why I will always need to be a storyteller.
- My students. I am an aide to 4th grade students. There’s a line from The King and I that goes “If you become a teacher , by your pupils you’ll be taught. As a teacher I’ve been learning.” I’ve learned so much from these kids. I’ve learned how important it is to slow down, play, and have fun. I’ve learned there are things more important than money. They’ve taught me about perseverance and trying one’s best, even when it seems too difficult. I’m very lucky to have them.